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Proportion of vehicles and total kilometres travelled, State/territory of registration-Year ended 31 October 2010
Motor vehicles registered in Australia travelled an average of 14,100 kilometres per vehicle in 2010. Vehicles registered in Victoria and Northern Territory travelled the highest number of average kilometres (14,600 kilometres), while vehicles registered in South Australia travelled the lowest number of average kilometres (11,900). Of all vehicle types, articulated trucks had the highest average kilometres (85,000).
Average kilometres travelled, Motor vehicles by state/territory of registration - Year ended 31 October 2010
Passenger vehicles accounted for 72.1% of the total distance travelled in 2010. In comparison, the proportion travelled by passenger vehicles in 2006 was 74.6%.
Of the total kilometres travelled by passenger vehicles in 2010, 50.6% was for personal and other use. The remaining kilometres travelled by passenger vehicles comprised travel to and from work (26.8%) and business use (22.7%).
Freight carrying vehicles accounted for 25.9% of the total kilometres travelled in 2010. Of the 58,643 million kilometres travelled by freight carrying vehicles, light commercial vehicles accounted for 72.8% of the kilometres travelled, followed by rigid trucks (15.4%), and articulated trucks (11.8%).
In 2010, total tonne-kilometres travelled by freight vehicles in Australia was 185,911 million. Of this, articulated trucks accounted for 77.6% followed by rigid trucks (18.5%) and light commercial vehicles (3.9%).
By comparison, in 2006, freight vehicles travelled a total of 167,935 million tonne-kilometres. Articulated trucks accounted for 76.8%, followed by rigid trucks (18.5%) and light commercial vehicles (4.4%).
Total tonnes-kilometres travelled, Type of vehicle - Years ended 31 October 2006 and 31 October 2010
In 2010, articulated trucks travelled an average of 1.9 million tonne-kilometres. In comparison, rigid trucks and light commercial vehicles travelled an average of 92,600 and 5,600 tonne-kilometres, respectively.
There were 144,237 million tonne-kilometres travelled by articulated trucks in 2010. Of those, articulated trucks with a Gross Combination Mass (GCM) of over 40 tonnes accounted for 95.1% of the total tonne-kilometres travelled.
State/territory of operation
In 2010, the most tonne-kilometres travelled by freight vehicles were in New South Wales (56,918 million), followed by Queensland (39,614 million).
Over the period 2006 to 2010, tonne-kilometres travelled by freight vehicles in Western Australia increased by 46.1% (9,749 million). This was the largest percentage increase for any state or territory.
Total tonne-kilometres travelled by freight vehicles, State of operation-Years ended 31 October 2006 and 31 October 2010
In 2010, registered motor vehicles in Australia consumed 31,186 million litres of fuel, compared with 28,898 million litres in 2006. Of the total fuel consumed by motor vehicles in 2010, 58.1% was petrol and 35.6% was diesel.
Passenger vehicles consumed 18,431 litres of fuel in 2010, of which 84.1% (15,497 million) was petrol.
Light commercial vehicles consumed a total of 5,546 million litres of fuel in 2010. Of this, diesel accounted for 48.1% (2,665 million) followed by petrol with 43.5% (2,410 million).
A total of 6,403 million litres of fuel was consumed by rigid and articulated trucks. Diesel was the main fuel type (98.6%).
The average rate of fuel consumption for all motor vehicles in 2010 was 13.8 litres per 100 kilometres. Of all vehicle types, articulated trucks had the highest average fuel consumption with 56.2 litres per 100 kilometres.
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